What's Going To Happen? The Process Of A Personal Injury Lawsuit

For most of our clients at Lang Lawyers, embarking on a personal injury lawsuit may be confusing and complicated. Knowing what will happen at each step of the way can help you feel more confident and secure in the knowledge that this is the right course of action for you.

Steps In The Process

Although every case is different, the process of a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario generally includes the following steps:

  1. Consultation with a lawyer: We will talk about your individual situation and answer your questions. We will also talk about your accident, your recovery so far, and what you can expect in terms of compensation.
  2. Opening a file: If you decide that a lawsuit is the right step to take, we will take more detailed information on your case and prepare documents.
  3. Putting insurance on notice: The party you are suing will be informed of the lawsuit.
  4. Issuing a claim: We will file a claim detailing your injuries and needs.
  5. Discovery: This is the part of the process in which both sides get to see one another's evidence and ask each other questions. This will include exchanging medical records, police records of the accident, photographs, financial information and witness statements. The lawyers for the other side will also want to ask you a number of questions about your accident and your recovery.
  6. Mediation: This is an opportunity to get together before trial and try to work out a mutual solution. The atmosphere is less formal than a trial and its often faster and more efficient. You may have to compromise and not get everything you want or need, but the result may be a reasonable settlement faster so that you will not lose time going to trial.
  7. Trial: If it's not possible to come to an agreement, we will go to trial. Depending on how much evidence there is to sort through, trial may take a long time. During that time you will be expected to be in court, answer questions and sit through the procedure. At the end, a judge will decide the award.

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Call our office at 800-653-6513 or contact us through email to set up an appointment. We represent clients throughout the Greater Toronto Area and can hold the initial consultation at your home or hospital if that is more convenient for you.